ANAHEIM, Calif. If there was ever a perfect time for a feel-good story, Tuesday night was it.
Tommy Hanson was making his first start in almost five weeks, and he was pitching the way the Angels had envisioned when they traded for him last November. He was a sight to behold, throwing strikes, locating the ball and getting outs for a team that desperately needs wins.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a lot of fun pitching."
It has taken Hanson all this time to finally get there. The Angels' painful 10-3 loss in 10 innings to the Minnesota Twins put a sting in his good feelings, but he's not about to let go of what he had in the game.
Hanson has been derailed twice this season, once when he took a bereavement leave in April to deal with the death of his 24-year-old stepbrother and again last month when he when on the disabled list because of a strain in his right forearm.
The Angels activated him Tuesday, put him on an 80-pitch limit and sent him out to face the Twins. He ...